Raktamokshan is the fifth & different treatment of five detoxifying – cleansing therapies broadly known as panchakarma or shodhana therapies. It helps in clearing the dosha residing in the shakha( deep tissue) & is the best remedial solution for Rakta shuddhi.
There are 4 methods of Raktamokshana out of which two are commonly used:
Siravedha is done using intracat or an IV set butterfly which is introduced in the vein & the required amount of blood is withdrawn . Then a compression dressing is done at the site after cleaning it with spirit. This is done where larger quantity is to be removed for a disease which has a spread all over body. Maximum blood removed is 30-100 mls.
Jalouka – Leeches are naturally available creature known for it’s blood sucking abilities. This is done for a localised disease & used when a small quantity of blood is to be removed. The leeches when kept at the site get stuck on their own & sucks the blood till the vitiated blood is available or they are full. Each leech sucks around 2-10 mls of blood depending on the size. In case of need physician may advice the use of more than one leech at the site. Then dressing is carried out.
Raktamokshan is carried out on full stomach. The patient must be well fed before hand the treatment
There are no specific dietary restrictions after Raktamokhana
Raktmokshan is one of the very specialised treatment of ayurved & being related to bloodletting need to be handled very carefully & in moderation by experts only or it may cause irreversible damage even can cause death.